As an entrepreneur and health professional, Alpesh Patel stays busy overseeing the business management and development of Benzer Pharmacy, the company he co-founded and is president of today. However, his best times are spent at home or out and about in Tampa Bay (his home since 2010) with his wife, 10-year-old daughter, and 8-year-old twin sons.
Patel was born in India, but moved to the United States nearly a decade ago. He’s worked in New Jersey and Michigan, and worked for a national chain for eight months before deciding to go it alone and found Benzer Pharmacy. Benzer has since grown into a chain of independent retail pharmacies that specializes in specialty drugs and medication management programs for people with complex chronic diseases, including Hepatitis, HIV, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), dermatological conditions and Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG).
Today, there are more than 50 locations throughout Tennessee, Florida, Michigan, Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, Georgia, Nevada and Louisiana.
“The greatest difference with an independent pharmacy is that the owner lives in the same state and likely interacts with the people who make his business successful,” says Patel.
What’s the most rewarding part of being a dad?
I enjoy playing with my kids and answering their innocent questions about my work and business.
What is your favorite thing to do with your kids?
I love playing games – Monopoly and Agario. I love taking my kids to school every morning.
What is the most challenging part of fatherhood?
Creating a balance between business and family time.
What role model in your life influenced the kind of father you are?
My dad is my role model. After my mum died, while I was 12 years old, my dad took care of me and my siblings. I have two sisters and one brother.
As a father, how do you view your responsibilities?
My responsibilities are to provide a better education to my kids, and teach them how to live a happy quality life.
What advice would you give other fathers?
Time is more valuable than money. Give time to your family.
It is often difficult to balance a career with spending time with your family. How do you deal with this and make time for them?
I make time for them during the weekends and after working hours. It is a challenge making a perfect balance but I try my best.
What is something people don’t know about you?
I value time and happiness more that money. Some quotes I believe in are: “Life is Good!” “Every problem has a solution. It just takes effort to find the right one.” “Never give up!”
What is your biggest fear?
If I die, I won’t be able to see the growth of the two most valuable things I have: my family and business.
What makes you happy?
Playing cricket and spending time with my kids, relaxing with my family and talking to friends.
Where is your favorite place to go in Tampa?
My favorite place to go in Tampa is the cricket grounds (I recently won a trophy in a cricket match), Whiskey Joe’s and home with my family.